World diving champion Paola Espinosa reveals plans for 2010
The "Mexican princess of diving", Paola Espinosa, announced her official schedule for the year 2010; she will defend her title as World Champion in the 10m platform in six events (see below).
When asked about her 2010 schedule, Paola Espinosa said she has worked hard to prepare her list of upcoming events and confirmed she will attend the three meets of the 2010 FINA Diving World Series.
Paraguay gets set for South American Championships
The Paraguayan Olympic Committee (COP) gave a warm speech to the national swimming team, which is to compete at the South American Championships. Sports Minister Paulo Reichert, COP President´s Ramón Zubizarreta, National Senator Miguel Carrizosa and other national figures were present at the event.
The national swimming team will travel to Medellin, Colombia, on March 21, 2010.
For the first time in the history of South American Championships, Paraguay will participate in Synchronised Swimming. Virginie Isabelle Chevalet, who resides in France, will compete in Medellin, representing Paraguay.
Brazil’s water polo team and open water swimmers get ready for upcoming events
Brazil’s national men’s water polo team has been convened for the South American Championships. The 13 players will fight against other teams from the Southern continent on March 20-25 in Medellin, Colombia. Check the official list bellow:
Players: Luiz Maurício Santos, Vinícius Antonelli, Felipe Santos, Gustavo Guimarães, Bernardo Reis, Gabriel Reis, Bruno Nolasco, Danilo Correa, Jonas Crivella, João Felipe Coelho, Marcelo Franco, Henrique Moniz and Gustavo Coutinho.
Best swimmers meet in Tokyo for Japan Open 2010
The Japan Open 2010 / Japan short course nationals were held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex in Tokyo, Japan, on February 27 and 28, 2010. More than 3,000 spectators gathered together to enjoy the competition and witness the performances of famous worldwide swimmers such as Lotte Friis (DEN), Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), Therese Alshammar (SWE) and Gao Chang (CHN). 28 countries took part in the event.
Despatie reporter in Vancouver
Alexandre Despatie is well-known for being a two-time Olympic silver medallist and three-time World Champion in diving. But during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, the 24-year-old diver has shown quite different skills, by taking on the role of host, commentator and reporter for Canada’s sports radio station RDS.
Michael Phelps becomes Youth Olympic Games ambassador
Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps became the first official Ambassador of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) on February 22, 2010. The 16-time Olympic medallist will support the Youth Olympic Games by encouraging the involvement of young people around the world.
Michael Phelps said “The Youth Olympic Games is an excellent initiative, not only for the athletes competing, but also those who are inspired to get into sport and be more active. I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to become the first official Ambassador of the Youth Olympic Games, and can’t wait to get working with the YOG team to promote the first event this summer!”
Paraguayan swimming team at 2010 South American Championships
Paraguay's national swimming team has been convened for the South American Championships. As a whole, 18 swimmers will compete at the event to be held on March 25-29, 2010, in Medellin, Colombia.
Swimmers: José Lobo, Raúl Pereira, Ricardo Gregor, Julio Gómez, Genaro Prono, Hugo Riera, Renato Prono, Favio Persano, Carlos Orihuela, Benjamin Hockin, Charles Hockin, Lujan Amarilla, Virginia Baez, Maria Lopez, Silvana Paniagua, Andrea Gregor, Tania Sapoznik, Laura Mongelós.
The athletes are training hard to achieve the best possible results.
Portrait of a Master: Derek Parr (GBR)
Derek Parr is a happy man, who has been able to live his passion for swimming throughout both his sporting and working life, as a Masters swimmer and sports journalist. But the road was long until reaching “excellence”: Derek had to wait until 2009, the year of his 65th birthday, to reach the peak of his career and break his first Masters World record in the 200m butterfly event.
Derek Parr discovered swimming at age seven, but at the time, he would rather play football or cricket at school. When swimming Coach Chris Jay introduced him to dolphin butterfly a few years later, however, Derek was hooked and swimming became his number one sport. In the 1960s, he swam at county and university level.
Brazil’s swimming team up for Latin Cup and Russia’s synchro team visits Rio
Brazil’s national swimming team has been established for the Latin Cup championship: 24 swimmers will gather together to dispute the event on May 20-22, 2010, in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The swimmers are between 15 and 20 years of age. The Brazilian delegation includes the following athletes: Alessandra Marchioro, Ana Marcela Cunha, Bruna Rocha, Eduardo Duarte, Eduardo Spotti, Giuliana Gigliotti, Henrique Martins, Henrique Rodrigues, João de Lucca, Julia Gerotto, Julia Volkmann, Leonardo de Deus, Luana Wunderlich, Lucas Kanieski, Luiza Vieira, Marcelo Chierighini, Marcos Macedo, Mayara Nascimento, Rafael Murad, Raphael Rodrigues, Raphaela Cunha, Sarah Correa, Tathiane Quirino and Victor Rodrigues.
Three FINA personalities in the Rio 2016 Coordination Commission
Three FINA personalities have been appointed in the Coordination Commission for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These are FINA President Julio C. Maglione, former synchronised swimmer and General Secretary of Aruba Swimming Federation Nicole Hoevertsz and former Olympic and World champion Alexander Popov from Russia.The 17 members of the Coordination Commission are IOC members from five continents with wide-ranging Olympic Games experience gained either from work on former IOC Evaluation or Coordination Commissions or with previous Games Organising Committees. The team, chaired by Ms Nawal El Moutawakel from Morocco, will be responsible for assisting the Rio 2016 Organising Committee during the period leading up to the Olympic Games, as well as monitoring the progress of preparations.
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